Monthly Archives: July 2008

Sufjan Stevens

“The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good About Yourself in the Morning, or, We Apologize for the Inconvenience But You’re Going to Have to Leave Now, or, ‘I have fought the Big Knives and will continue to fight them until they are off our lands!'”

 

Happy Independence Day.

Dialog:City Revisited

A while back I posted a video of  Mayor Hickenlooper’s soporific introduction to Dialog:City, a sort of arts festival coming to Denver to coincide with the Democratic National Convention. That video is not very inspiring, but it does look like the artists involved are coming up with interesting projects.

 

This one in particular, I find fascinating: artist Luke Dubois has taken all of the State of the Union speeches  from US history and tracked the word frequency of each. He used this data to make lightbox charts that look a bit like what you see in an optometrist’s office.

 

The results are very telling. Some of them read a bit like psychotic poetry. You can view low res pics of Dubois’ work, titled “Hindsight is Always 20/20,” here.